Oasis have sparked rumours they will never perform in Britain again after pulling out of their headline performance at V Festival yesterday (23.08.09).

The 'Live Forever' rockers axed their set at Chelmsford's Hylands Park after frontman Liam Gallagher was diagnosed with viral laryngitis.

The evening before (22.08.09), the rockers had played the northern leg of the event, with Liam reportedly staying up drinking until 3am after leaving the stage at Staffordshire's Weston Park, while his guitarist brother Noel Gallagher admitted he hadn't enjoyed the show.

He wrote on his blog: "Just come off stage at V in Stafford. And I don't mind admitting that I didn't enjoy it one bit. Don't know why. Couldn't get into it. Very strange.

"Don't feel too clever - outrageous stomach ache. Feel like I'm coming down with something. Bugger. Might have to get the doctor out in the morning. Hope it came out of the speakers OK, gutted. Oh well, there's always tomorrow."

A spokesperson for the group insisted they were hugely disappointed to have to cancel the concert.

A statement said: "After a year of being on the road this is the first performance to be lost to a band member's illness, so naturally we are all completely gutted."

The cancellation sparked speculation the group - who are expected to resume stage commitments in Paris on Friday (28.08.09) - will split at the end of their tour, following Liam revealing last week that he and his brother rarely speak and no longer travel together.

He said: "He doesn't like me and I don't like him, that's it."

Following Oasis' cancellation, stage times were altered so Snow Patrol could headline the event, and although they were initially met with a lukewarm response, they eventually won the crowd over and even paid tribute to Oasis by playing two of their tracks, 'Champagne Supernova' and 'Wonderwall' at the end of their set.

MGMT - who headlined The Arena stage - opened their set with 'Live Forever', which they performed with a cardboard cut out of Liam, while Keane performed 'Cast No Shadow' acoustically.